Council tax reduction
Am I eligible for council tax reduction?
You may be eligible for council tax reduction if you are on a low income. Scheme details are decided locally.
How do I apply for council tax reduction?
The quickest way to get council tax reduction or benefits is to apply online.
Apply for council tax reduction now
How much council tax reduction will I get?
Your council tax bill will tell you how much council tax reduction you will get.
If you apply during the year and you qualify for a council tax reduction, you will receive a revised council tax bill showing your reduction.
If you do not qualify for a reduction, you will receive a letter or email to explain this.
Details of the Buckinghamshire Council scheme are as follows:
- The scheme for Pensioners is set by the Government rather than the Buckinghamshire Council
Everyone is expected to pay at least 20% towards their Council Tax unless they are pensioners or counted as vulnerable. If you have capital (savings etc.) of £16,000 or more you cannot get help from this scheme. The help you receive will also be less if you have capital (between £6,000 and £16,000). The help you get from this scheme may also reduce if you have any adults living with you who are not your partner. These are called Non Dependants and your help will often reduce by £5 per week for each Non Dependant. Any help you receive will normally start from the date that you applied for it. It cannot be backdated. If you are suffering from significant hardship there is a discretionary fund that we can sometimes use to give you extra help. If you receive any help from this scheme, you must tell us of changes in your circumstances and should do this within one month of the change occurring to avoid a further penalty
The following groups are defined as vulnerable and are protected from reductions in benefit mentioned above:
- the claimant or partner or any dependant is in receipt of an enhanced disability premium within either Council Tax Support or within any means tested benefit; or
- the claimant or partner is in receipt of a severe disability premium within either Council Tax Support or within any means tested benefit; or
- the claimant or partner is in receipt of a support component within either Council Tax Support or within their Employment and Support Allowance; or
- the claimant or partner or any dependant is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (or equivalent within Personal Independence Payment at any rate; or
- the claimant or partner is in receipt of a War Disablement Pension or a War Widow’s / Widower’s Pension, or any similar payment from another country; or
- the claimant or partner is in receipt of an Armed Forces Independence Payment; or
- the claimant is a lone parent who is responsible for and resides with a dependent who is aged under 5 years
How do I pay my council tax?